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Albany EDC to step up marketing empty storefronts

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission plans to target major retailers to try to fill empty stores around the Albany Mall.

E-D-C Executive Director Ted Clem says representatives will attend an upcoming trade show in Orlando and other retail shows.

They'll market empty buildings like the old Circuit City and Haverty's Furniture stores.

Clem admits the recession makes it a tough sell.  "Although we are probably in the worst retail environment this country has ever seen. It's going to be very difficult to find retailers who are looking to expand, and add new locations. We're going to give it our best shot", said Clem.

Clem says most retailers are downsizing instead of expanding, but he says empty stores around the mall are prime locations for retailers looking to grow.

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